Ed Renehan publishes, writes, and consults for a living.
He has authored more than 20 books published by Doubleday, Crown, Oxford University Press, Basic and other houses. The Mercy, starring Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz and directed by James Marsh (Theory of Everything), is based on the true story Ed tells in his book Desperate Voyage: Donald Crowhurst, The London Sunday Times Golden Globe Race, and the Tragedy of Teignmouth Electron.
Ed began his publishing career in 1980 with entry level positions at Wiley and St. Martin’s Press, eventually going on to become Director of Computer Publishing Programs at MBCI/Macmillan. Moving to Rhode Island from New York in 1994, he thereafter pursued his own projects.
In 2010, Ed founded the digital-native publishing initiative New Street, which today takes up about 25% of his time. At the moment, New Street has some 85 titles in print in various formats: digital, paper, and audio. Imprints include New Street Nautical Audio.
Ed is an avid sailor, a former board member of The Hudson River Sloop Clearwater and other sailing/environmental organizations, and a founding member – along with Stewart Brand and the late John Perry Barlow – of The Long Now Foundation. He is also a member of PEN American Center and The National Arts Club.
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